• Israel did not warn U.S. on Syria attacks, U.S. official says

    (JTA) – Israel did not provide advance warning to the United States on its alleged airstrikes on Syria, a U.S. intelligence official said. The unnamed official said the United States was told of the attacks as they were in progress, Reuters reported Monday. The Israel Defense Forces has neither confirmed nor denied responsibility for attacks Friday… More ▸

  • With eye on Iran, U.S. upgrades bunker buster

    (JTA) — U.S. officials reportedly told Israel that the United States has improved weapons capable of destroying Iran’s underground nuclear site in Fordow. The Wall Street Journal, quoting unnamed American officials, reported Thursday that the United States had assured Israel that advanced features added to its bunker buster bombs vastly improved its ability to destroy… More ▸

  • Fayyad denies statements in N.Y. Times unflattering to Abbas

    JERUSALEM (JTA) – Outgoing Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad is denying statements attributed to him by a New York Times columnist that are unflattering to P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas. “The statements in the article are just journalist Roger Cohen’s personal impressions, and certainly not the words of Fayyad, who did not make any statements or conduct… More ▸

  • Israel has the right to hit missiles, Obama says after Syria strike

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Israel has the right to prevent Hezbollah from acquiring weapons, President Obama said a day after Israeli jets reportedly destroyed Iranian missiles in Syria bound for the Lebanese terrorist group. Neither the U.S. nor the Israeli governments confirmed multiple reports quoting anonymous officials in both countries as saying that Israel was responsible… More ▸

  • Senegalese celebrate Israeli independence

    DAKAR, Senegal (JTA) — A crowd of 1,000 people celebrated Israel’s 65th anniversary in the predominantly Muslim nation of Senegal. “Israel very much values its warm ties with Senegal, which is an island of stability in an unstable region,” Israel’s ambassador to Senegal, Eli Ben-Toura, told the crowd of religious leaders, businessmen, artists and diplomats… More ▸

  • Scottish Church says Jews have no claim to Holy Land

    (JTA) — Scottish Jews said they were “outraged” by a recent Church of Scotland paper which denies Jews any special claim to the land of Israel. The report entitled “The Inheritance of Abraham” rejects “claims that scripture offers any peoples a privileged claim for possession of a particular territory” and says that “reconciliation can only… More ▸

  • Violence at the Temple Mount

    In June 1967, toward the end of the Six-Day War, the IDF took control of East Jerusalem, including the Temple Mount, home to the iconic gold-domed Al Aksa Mosque. Revered by all three monotheistic religions, the site has been a particular object of veneration by, and contention between, Jews and Muslims. More ▸